Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good??

Author
ConeyIslandLou
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 749
  • Joined: 2003/04/30 09:31:00
  • Location: Middletown, NY
  • Status: offline
2010/10/31 15:41:04 (permalink)

Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good??

One of these is opening in town in a few weeks, and was wondering if it is anything decent...the ADVERTISE as everything being freshly made, and the menu looks pretty good - but is it worth it?  (prices look good for the category also) Thanks in advance!
#1

26 Replies Related Threads

    karlkk
    Junior Burger
    • Total Posts : 4
    • Joined: 2009/05/02 14:35:00
    • Location: Southern Indiana
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/10/31 16:19:45 (permalink)
    I like to sit in Willies Corner and eat the "Double Chop". My wife and I go to the one in
    Clarksville, I believe its the original.
    #2
    Foodbme
    Porterhouse
    • Total Posts : 10080
    • Joined: 2006/09/01 14:56:00
    • Location: Gilbert, AZ
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/10/31 17:03:08 (permalink)
    We have one near our house and they are pretty good. Better than some other chain steak houses and they are community friendly. They let my Granddaughter's Girl Scout Troop sell cookies in the front of the place.
    #3
    PapaJoe8
    Sirloin
    • Total Posts : 5504
    • Joined: 2006/01/13 11:23:00
    • Location: Dallas... DFW area
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/10/31 17:27:13 (permalink)
    Being in Texas I am ashamed that I can't give yall a good answer. :~(
     
    Hmm, do they have them here?
    Joe
    #4
    TJ Jackson
    Filet Mignon
    • Total Posts : 4538
    • Joined: 2003/07/26 22:24:00
    • Location: Cincinnati, OH
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/10/31 17:29:01 (permalink)
    This is a good bet for a low-end steak dinner.  I like them better than the more expensive Outback Steakhouse
    #5
    Michael Hoffman
    Double-chop Porterhouse
    • Total Posts : 18258
    • Joined: 2000/07/01 08:52:00
    • Location: Gahanna, OH
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/10/31 17:34:31 (permalink)
    I'm not sure I'd ever heard of this restaurant. I just looked it up and found there are three or four of them near me.
    #6
    mjambro
    Cheeseburger
    • Total Posts : 429
    • Joined: 2006/02/07 13:51:00
    • Location: Providence, RI
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/01 08:19:33 (permalink)
    Attempted to try one earlier this year.   The noise level was so high that we left after about ten minutes.  When I had to yell to the waitress to repeat the specials, it was obvious that it was NOT going to be an enjoyable experience.  We asked about a low noise section, but was informed that where we were was about as good as it would get.
     
    I've read that many chains keep their background noise / music high to increase the turnover, but their noise level was way over the top for us.
    #7
    ScreamingChicken
    Filet Mignon
    • Total Posts : 4978
    • Joined: 2004/11/05 14:36:00
    • Location: Stoughton, WI
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/01 10:57:41 (permalink)
    I had the same experience a couple of years ago as Mjambro, plus I think there was some "spontaneous" singing and dancing by the staff.  The food was fairly decent but the ambience made the overall visit less than enjoyable.
     
    Brad
    #8
    HollyDolly
    Double Chili Cheeseburger
    • Total Posts : 1069
    • Joined: 2006/01/18 16:52:00
    • Location: Schertz, TX
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/01 12:19:51 (permalink)
    Yes PapaJoe, they are in Texas. There's one just a few miles from me in LiveOak,Tx,Northeast of San Antonio out in the RandolphAir Force Base area. I like their steaks and they aren't as high as say Ruth Chris or Morton's.Also, they have chicken, ribs, porkchops,and even I think catfish,so if you have someone with you that doesn't eat red meat, they can still get something.
    The only time they sing at mine is when it is someone's birthday.Never recall seeing them dancing .
    The place does get noisy,you have music and of course people talking .
    They have a meat case at the entrance so you can see the cuts of meat they offer.The rolls are freshly made,and the veggies are fresh too.I like their green beans and bacon.
    For folks who have been there and found it too noisy, go early some week night when they first open.Not as noisy then.Also they sometimes have dinner specials then too.
    #9
    plb
    Double Chili Cheeseburger
    • Total Posts : 1028
    • Joined: 2004/01/13 15:02:00
    • Location: Plano, TX
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/01 12:50:41 (permalink)
    PapaJoe8

    Being in Texas I am ashamed that I can't give yall a good answer. :~(

    Hmm, do they have them here?
    Joe

    There is one on 121 around Lewisville.  We go by it all the time going from Plano to DFW, it is always packed.  I've only been to the one in another state (?) that claimed to be the orginal and the one in my home town in IN.  Both were better that the usual chains.
    #10
    Wintem01
    Cheeseburger
    • Total Posts : 205
    • Joined: 2007/03/26 11:13:00
    • Location: Columbus, OH
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/02 13:15:56 (permalink)
    I have had their country fried sirloin and found it interesting. Decent happy hour specials.
    #11
    stricken_detective
    Double Chili Cheeseburger
    • Total Posts : 2330
    • Joined: 2004/03/10 23:51:00
    • Location: the 262
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/02 13:44:49 (permalink)
    They cook everything ahead of time. I have a sodium restriction, tried to call ahead of time to ask if I could get an unsalted baked potato. I was told they cook the food from 1-4, at least the prep work, so there would be no way to get a potato without the salt crust. I was able to get a baked sweet potato, but they acted put out when I asked for cinnamon to put on it.
     
    Not to mention we waited almost 90 minutes for a table one night. I'm sorry if you don't know how to seat people, but if 2 people are lingering after their meal at a table that you need in order to seat other people, offer them a free dessert item & coffees if they will agree to move their conversation to the bar. ESPECIALLY if a party of 8 ($100 check, easy!) is waiting to sit down & eat. The manager refused to do it. I will never eat there again.
    #12
    HotDogHead
    Double Cheeseburger
    • Total Posts : 665
    • Joined: 2004/04/19 13:44:00
    • Location: Denver, CO
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/02 15:42:18 (permalink)
    Considering they are chain, they are quite good.  I would highly recommend the deep fried pickles.  I always get the prime rib so I can't comment on their other entrees.  I have always had good experiences with them.
    #13
    mayor al
    Fire Safety Admin
    • Total Posts : 15179
    • Joined: 2002/08/20 22:32:00
    • Location: Louisville area, Southern Indiana
    • Status: online
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/03 12:02:13 (permalink)
    Karl,
     I think the one in the Mall in Clarksville, IN was the first in Indiana...not sure about the original location for the chain.
    I agree with TJ in that they are indeed less expensive than Outback, but they have a number of competitors now with a few blocks of the Clarksville Store.  Famous Daves, Logan's Roadhouse, and Lone Star are all with a short distance  Of the places named We like Logan's above the others. Just a personal preference, there really isn't much difference between them. Famous Daves is more of a BBQ chain, but they do a good burger lunch special.
    #14
    TJ Jackson
    Filet Mignon
    • Total Posts : 4538
    • Joined: 2003/07/26 22:24:00
    • Location: Cincinnati, OH
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/03 13:47:27 (permalink)
    stricken_detective
    They cook everything ahead of time.

    I dont think the steaks are cooked ahead of time.  They dont't taste, look, smell, or feel like re-heats
     
    The yeast rolls also appear to be baked in batches throughout the night - never had one that wasn't  fresh
     
    Certain items need to be prepared ahead of time, like the baked potatoes and the green beans w/onion an bacon, which are usually quite good.
    #15
    mar52
    Sirloin
    • Total Posts : 7761
    • Joined: 2005/04/17 18:50:00
    • Location: Marina del Rey, CA
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/03 14:39:41 (permalink)
    I ate at a Logan's in Sherman, Texas.  I was quite impressed with the ribeye and sweet potato that I ordered.
     
    I'd definitely eat there again.  I was surprised to see one in Redding, CA when we don't have one in the Los Angeles area... that I know of.
     
    I didn't like the wait but was happy to eat roasted peanuts while waiting those 45 crowded minutes.
    #16
    MellowRoast
    Double Chili Cheeseburger
    • Total Posts : 2009
    • Joined: 2007/08/21 06:05:00
    • Location: 'Nooga
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/03 15:11:16 (permalink)
    I've never had an excellent meal at Texas Roadhouse.  I've had steaks and ribs there, and at best I rate them "fair."  On the other hand, I've had excellent food at Longhorn and Lone Star, though I haven't been to Lone Star in several years.
    #17
    anpmarble
    Junior Burger
    • Total Posts : 7
    • Joined: 2009/01/17 19:17:00
    • Location: Manchester, CT
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/05 20:16:42 (permalink)
    they give the impression they are from texas but was founded in Indiana, i dont get it?
    #18
    ces1948
    Double Chili Cheeseburger
    • Total Posts : 1505
    • Joined: 2003/08/06 14:12:00
    • Location: Port St Lucie, Fl
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/05 21:16:49 (permalink)
    I didn't care much for them but IIRC we got to to throw peanut shells on the floor.
    #19
    plb
    Double Chili Cheeseburger
    • Total Posts : 1028
    • Joined: 2004/01/13 15:02:00
    • Location: Plano, TX
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/05 21:21:03 (permalink)
    anpmarble

    they give the impression they are from texas but was founded in Indiana, i dont get it?

    Sort of like Outback which is from the USA, not Australia.
    #20
    GCD1962
    Hamburger
    • Total Posts : 66
    • Joined: 2006/09/13 22:43:00
    • Location: new canaan, CT
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/06 21:50:05 (permalink)
    I ate at one once. Sent the steak back twice (tough and too much grizzle). The third was the same and I walked out.
    #21
    Boosh!
    Junior Burger
    • Total Posts : 11
    • Joined: 2007/04/25 10:11:00
    • Location: St. Louis, MO
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/10 19:10:54 (permalink)
    When this franchise came to STL about 6 years ago it was actually quite good. It became the "go to" cheap date for my  ovo/lacto vegetarian wife (strange, I know!) and I. She loved the rolls and baked sweet potato and I of course liked the meat.  It was all fine and dandy until about two years ago when they started dumping steak seasoning, i.e., salt on their steaks making eating one a fast track to hypertension. This must be a company wide policy as I have experienced it at locations around the country.
    #22
    carolina bob
    Filet Mignon
    • Total Posts : 3420
    • Joined: 2005/01/01 23:06:00
    • Location: Chicagoland
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/10 20:31:11 (permalink)
    I had a chopped steak and baked potato at Texas Roadhouse a couple of weeks ago. It was nothing to get excited about, but I've certainly had far worse and paid quite a bit more for it too ( a certain overpriced steakhouse with very unimpressive food in Pigeon Forge TN immediately comes to mind. )
    #23
    mayor al
    Fire Safety Admin
    • Total Posts : 15179
    • Joined: 2002/08/20 22:32:00
    • Location: Louisville area, Southern Indiana
    • Status: online
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/10 22:34:59 (permalink)
    The corporate headquarters for Texas Roadhouse is on Dutchman's Lane in Louisville, KY. While that is close (5-10 miles) to Indiana, it is indeed in the heart of the city of Louisville, Kentucky.  It is close to the headquarters for YUM Inc and Papa John's in the corporate food leadership business.
    #24
    MetroplexJim
    Filet Mignon
    • Total Posts : 3989
    • Joined: 2007/06/24 08:45:00
    • Location: McKinney, TX
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/27 18:29:07 (permalink)
    Six years ago when we lived in McLean, VA we dined at the Texas Roadhouse in Chantilly several times and enjoyed good meals for the price.
     
    We have a Texas Roadhouse a mile or so from where we now live in McKinney, TX and I regret to have to say about it what we have observed about all DFW locations of restaurants we enjoyed "back East".  These include TGI Friday's, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Carraba's, Hooters, and TRH:
     
    1)  They are so damn noisy that I cannot enjoy a coherent conversation with my wife. 
    2)  The corporate chef's recipes are ignored by the local cooks who seem always to add too much salt and spice.  As a fireeater I'm not talking "picante"; here I mean overwhelming sugar, garlic, basil, oregano, tarragon, fennel, etc. 
     
    Unfortunately, our local TRH is absolutely vile on both counts.  We called it "out" after only two strikes.
    #25
    Billfish
    Cheeseburger
    • Total Posts : 397
    • Joined: 2003/09/24 14:20:00
    • Location: Georgetown, DE
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/11/28 01:00:37 (permalink)
    I've always kind of enjoyed the TXR.My only real complaint is whatever sweet stuff they put on the bread.I complained to a waitress once and she said "Oh its that butter" but its not the butter,because when you ask for extra butter for your bake potato it doesnt have the crazy sweetness.But well at least they give you butter as opposed to that horrible "buttery tasting spread" that Bob Evans insists on giving you.
       TXR compares favorably with Outback,at least here on the East Coast.
     
    #26
    txtwister
    Cheeseburger
    • Total Posts : 259
    • Joined: 2004/05/07 16:32:00
    • Location: Abilene, TX
    • Status: offline
    Re:Texas Roadhouse (the chain) - Any Good?? 2010/12/02 20:39:54 (permalink)
    My daughter and I went shopping for her birthday, and she wanted TX Roadhouse for lunch.  I can happily report that some franchises or maybe company wide... That SALT IS GONE.  It made me so, so happy.
     
    When the Roadhouse is good, it's a decent, dependable, value.  (When it was bad? Um, "ew.")
    #27
    Jump to:
    © 2014 APG vNext Commercial Version 5.1